Status: AWARD PLAN PUBLISHED
TEXAS PEACE OFFICER SEQUENCE
This program is the academic equivalent to the Basic Peace Officer Training Course required by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) for all Texas Peace Officers to be licensed.
The Criminal Justice Program Coordinator (Department Chair) must approve all enrollments into the Texas Peace Officer Certificate Program. Interested students must consult with the Program Coordinator one semester prior to registration. Before a student can be accepted into the certificate program, the following documents and requirements must be received and satisfied in compliance with TCLEOSE rules, state law and ACC policy: criminal records check and FBI fingerprinting, drug free report, physical examination, psychological examination, proof of U.S. citizenship, valid driver's license, DD-214 if military, college transcript, and any other documentation that may be required. The most current information can be accessed on the department's web page at austincc.edu/crij.
A degree is NOT required prior to entering the program but must be obtained before the endorsement will be granted. Students must have, at minimum, an associate's degree (does not have to be in criminal justice) before receiving an endorsement.
Students transferring into the program from other institutions, with a criminal justice major, may be allowed to receive transfer credit for core courses if comparable with ACC criminal justice courses.
Students with non-criminal justice degrees must successfully complete seven (7) courses of "Core Curriculum" and the four (4) sequence courses (see web page for required certificate program course titles). Students without degrees must complete the associate's degree with the seven (7) core courses and the four (4) sequence courses satisfied. All students in the sequence program must pass a comprehensive department examination and apply for graduation in the certificate program before the Academic Endorsement of Eligibility can be issued. The Academic Endorsement of Eligibility qualifies and permits a student to take the "Peace Officer Licensing Examination" which is prepared and administered by TCLEOSE.